Tag: Hawaii

Hypocrisy, island style

Did you know Mt. Everest is not the largest mountain on Earth? That distinction goes to Mauna Kea on Hawai’i Island, also known as the Big Island. The state of Hawaii gets its name from this island, which is the largest of the eight islands that make up the Hawaiian archipelago. It is……


Adrift no longer

While studying philosophy in college, I developed an interest in Eastern thought as expressed through Confucianism and especially religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism. For a few years, I took every course offered that had anything to do with India. I read the Mahabharata, the Bhagavad Gita, and to this day, I still……


On the outside looking in

Looking back on my life, I realize that I have lived as an outsider for a large portion of it. I have spent many years living among people of different cultures, who speak different languages and have different customs and traditions from myself. I used to think this somehow made me more worldly……


The soup odyssey

Last weekend, we were visited by another winter storm that inundated our tiny town with heavy rains, wind and cold temperatures. This was not unwelcome, as we are currently experiencing extreme drought conditions. The situation has been improving since December, but the deep green has yet to return to the hills in which our home……


Paradise, but only for those able to afford it

Although the cost of living in Hawaii is among the highest in the U.S., people earn less here than they could doing the same job on the mainland. A lot of jobs here pay the federal minimum wage, only $7.75 an hour, which isn’t bad when you consider the federal minimum wage for……